The FIA is pushing ahead with its plan to cut back on radio transmissions – by banning all messages from pit to car relating to the performance of the car and the driver.
Drivers can still say whatever they want to the pits, however.
The FIA has used a long standing rule that says that drivers must drive the car “alone and unaided.”
The news was confirmed to teams today in a Technical Directive, issued by Whiting and seen by this writer.
Whiting wrote: “In order to ensure that the requirements [sic] of Article 20.1 of the F1 Sporting Regulations is respected at all times we intend to rigorously enforce this regulation with immediate effect. Therefore no radio conversation from pit to driver may include any information that is related to the performance of the car or driver.”
He also confirmed that teams cannot get round it by sending information in other forms: “We should also remind you that data transmission from pit to car is specifically prohibited by Article 8.5.2 of the F1 Technical Regulations.”
Team and driver can still talk about pit strategy and so on, but nevertheless the decision is sure to create a huge stir in the days to come…